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Custom Builders

Countryside Models Ed Pick Open link in new window
We have been in business as professional railway modellers, for nearly 25 years. We have accepted commissions for scale model railways and gained experience in all types of model railways from the toy train set to the public exhibition model railway and as professional railway modellers we work in a wide variety of scales and gauges. Proprietor Andy McMillan trained at Pendon and worked for the National Model Museum as well as winning over the years a variety of awards, trophies and medals for his model locomotives and artistic skills. These include, in his pre-professional railway modelling days, a commended and a bronze medal for trains at International Model Reilway Exhibitions at the Alexandra Palace; the model railway equivalent of an Olympic medal and another appearance in a final! Mind you, that was 20 odd years ago...
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Scenic Model Railways (UK) Ed Pick Open link in new window
Bespoke Model Railway Layouts & Scenic Dioramas, exhibition standard scenery. Layouts of any size, type, gauge, era and region. Makers of the Hornby Catalogue Dioramas. Also unique modular layout system. Visit this site, its "worth it for the pictures"!
Site Details/More Info: URL: http://www.scenicmodelrailways.com (Added: 11-Dec-2006)
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Trackside Scenery Ed Pick Open link in new window
Trackside Scenery is a custom model railroad product company that offers a variety of custom and standard product lines including model railroad backdrops. We specialize in photo realistic, scale proportionate backdrops with an innovative repeating design that no other current commercially available backdrop offers. If you need assistance in making selections or help with your order, please do not hesitate to contact us immediately.

Custom work is our specialty. Whether it be a single backdrop, a complete backdrop system, we can assist you in developing the backdrop that you have always dreamed of!

Trackside Scenery is a subsidiary of Joseph Ricard Enterprises LLC and One Stop Studio Shop, a regional photography, printing and digital arts specialty company located in West Virginia.

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Live Steam

Mammoth Locomotive Works Pop Ed Pick Open link in new window
Mammoth Locomotive Works has been involved with the live steam hobby for well over three decades and has been a major force in large-scale live steam. Our product line includes everything from large-scale locomotives to trucks and accessories to boilers; and we offer onsite consultative services, FRA boiler inspections and project development services.

Mammoth Locomotive Works offers concept to completion services for locomotive construction with onsite delivery and installation (shown in the video below) available. Whether you choose a coal-fired locomotive with its evocative smell or a locomotive based on one of the new green fuel technologies, we can help you create your railroad and keep it running well.

Our consultative services range from onsite general operational evaluations to part-specific (e.g., boiler) evaluations. We provide you with detailed written reports on our findings and will interact with any government agencies that may have oversight for your operation.

Site Details/More Info: URL: http://www.mammothlocomotiveworks.com/ (Added: 12-Dec-2001)
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Hielscher-Dampfmodelle Ed Pick Open link in new window
Our product range runs from antique and lovingly restored collector's pieces to educational construction kits and large-scale garden railways. Discover fascinating and original gift ideas. Have a look around for yourself and discover your inner child!

Our shop is a little piece of paradise for fans of technical toys and people who enjoy hunting for treasures both large and small.

Site Details/More Info: URL: http://www.hielscher-dampfmodelle.de/ (Added: 16-Jan-2007)
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Logging Railroads

Rusty Stumps Scale Models Ed Pick Open link in new window
Manufacturers of hand crafted, highly detailed scale stumps, logs and other items for logging model railroads. At RSSM we do our utmost to provide you with best engineered model railroad kits on the market. For your hobby we offer craftsman model kits, general kits and detail items in HO, Hon3, O, On30, S & Sn3 scales. Whatever your model railroad, dollhouse or architectural modeling needs we may just have the answer. We offer many scratch building detail items such as shingles, doors, windows, fencing, ladders, stair stringers, corrugated roofing as well as both resin and white metal detail castings. We also offer construction jigs plus our original resin cast stumps. When it comes to building miniature models for trains, dollhouses or even architectural models Rusty Stumps is your source.
Site Details/More Info: URL: http://www.rustystumps.com (Added: 18-Jul-2002)
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Online Hobby Shops : Online Only

Factory Direct Trains Ed Pick Open link in new window
For many model railroad fans, trains were among the greatest childhood passions, but one that you were unable to explore fully. After having grown into a full-blown model railroading adult, financial independence allows you to explore everything that the model train industry has to offer. With so many different varieties of trains, locomotives, technologies and train accessories, it can be difficult to know exactly where to begin. Factory Direct Trains specializes in collector and enthusiast-grade model railroading products. The model railroads you can build using Factory Direct Trains-bought products and accessories are unlimited. Build the model railroad of your dreams with top quality products from manufacturers like Broadway Limited Imports, Atlas, Kato, BLMA, Athearn, Life-Like, Woodland Scenics and more.

Great model railroad accessories are not always easy to come by, especially when it comes to finding them on the internet. We've got the model railroad and hobby accessories you're looking for in stock today for immediate delivery. We've got the brands you've come to know and love like Xacto, Excel, Dremel, Circuitron, and MRC.

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Paper Models

Japan Railway Paper Craft Hot! Ed Pick Open link in new window
Do it yourself paper models from Japan Railways. Print the pdf file, cut out and assemble the models. Includes trains and structures, some nice looking models.
Site Details/More Info: URL: http://www.westjr.co.jp/railroad/fan/paper/ (Added: 17-Feb-2014)
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Roller Coasters

CoasterDynamix Pop Ed Pick Open link in new window
CoasterDynamix is the world's premier manufacturer of realistic roller coaster models. All CoasterDynamix kits are fully functional scale models that are fun to build and exciting to watch. From our award winning Scorpion to the majestic Comet, all of our models capture the excitement and fun of roller coasters - in miniature.
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Rolling Stock

Broadway Limited Imports, LLC Ed Pick Open link in new window
The industry leader in premium sound-equipped HO & N scale Model Trains. Featuring our exclusive Paragon2 Sound and Control system which operates in both DC and DCC. Limited run production quantities.
Site Details/More Info: URL: http://www.broadway-limited.com/ (Added: 24-Nov-2006)
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Lowell Smith Signature Series New Ed Pick Open link in new window
Desiring to bring a creative and artistic approach to model railroad cars, Lowell Smith Signature Series was born in 1994. The first special run car commemorated the Sesquicentennial (150th anniversary) of the Golden Spike – “Wedding of the Rails”. Since 1994, Lowell Smith Signature Series has continued to produce over one hundred and thirty-five unique cars or train locomotives to date.

The product lines showcased in this website include creations inspired by Americana, such as the Great American Circus, American Fruit Packers and a special tribute to our Nation’s National Parks. In 2008, Lowell was also asked to produce a line for the Walt Disney Company®, both at the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco as well as Disneyland® Main Street USA.

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Scenery

Woodland Scenics Ed Pick Open link in new window
Woodland Scenics is the world's leading manufacturer in the realistic model railroading scenery industry. We provide you with a complete line of our revolutionary SubTerrain, Terrain and Landscaping Systems. Woodland Scenics systems are fun and easy to use. Even beginners can build a layout with advanced craftsman quality.

World Leader in realistic model scenery for model railroads and architectural layouts, displays, dioramas, gaming, military models, miniatures and more.

Site Details/More Info: URL: http://www.woodlandscenics.com/ (Added: 22-Jan-2005)
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Chooch Enterprises, Inc. Ed Pick Open link in new window
Scales: G, O, HO, N
Highly detailed and accurate cast resin detail parts and scenic elements. Freight Car Loads · Abutments · Bridge Piers · Culverts · Tunnel Portals · Walls · Roads
Site Details/More Info: URL: http://www.choochenterprises.com/ (Added: 02-Dec-2015)
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Software : Clipart And Train Gifs

Engineshop Ed Pick Open link in new window
Welcome to the collection of diesel engine drawings manufactured by ALCO, BLW, Budd, EMD, GE, FM, KM, LH, MKO/MP, MLW, Ingalls, Railpower, UA and a European joint venture. You will find over 5,000 drawings and over 100 different models of diesel engines in different paint schemes, covering over 850 railroad companies from all over the world. Check back soon for new models.
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Software : Track Planning

3rd PlanIt by El Dorado Software - TrackPlanning.com Pop Hot! Ed Pick Open link in new window
El Dorado Software, supplier of precision track planning and layout design software for model railroading hobbyists. Our latest offering of 3rd PlanIt? for Windows is available for Internet delivery or shipment. With a broad set of features and powerful automation, model railroad planning has never been easier or faster.
Site Details/More Info: URL: http://www.eldoradosoft.com/ (Added: 12-Jun-2000)
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TrainPlayer Pop Hot! Ed Pick Open link in new window
Software for running virtual trains on classic track plans. Designed for the early-stage railroader -- one who stares at track plans and dreams of an empty basement -- TrainPlayer opens a dynamic new dimension: now you can stare, dream, and drive trains!
Site Details/More Info: URL: http://www.trainplayer.com (Added: 23-Mar-2005)
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Software : Train Simulators

Valve Gear on the Computer Ed Pick Open link in new window
The BCWRR is delighted to host Charlie's valve gear program on its web site. Charlie has put this program in the public domain but is not to be sold. Use at your own risk.

The programs can be used with the default settings to view operation and characteristics of any of the types of valve gear supported. They may also be used to check or change designs as all the dimensions in the gear can be modified.

Site Details/More Info: URL: http://www.bittercreekwesternrr.org/Dockstader-Valve-Gear.html (Added: 12-Jun-2000)
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Bridge It Ed Pick Open link in new window
Bridge It is about building a bridge that doesn't break, although watching your bridge creation break and plunge a train into the watery depths below can be half the fun. Set in the picturesque surroundings of sparse deserts and dense forests it is your task to strategically design and construct an engineering masterpiece.

A stunning, beautiful world awaits as you take on the challenge of bridging the chasm. Can you solve the puzzles and avert disaster?

Set in the picturesque surroundings of colorful deserts and dense forests it is your task to strategically design and construct an engineering masterpiece. Watch in eager anticipation as unsuspecting motorists, heavy freight trains and tourist riverboats approach. Will your solution stand up to the test or will tons of mangled steel be sent plummeting into the river below?

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Structures

Main Street Heritage Models Ed Pick Open link in new window
Scales: HO
When we started Main Street Heritage Models, we thought there might be a need for smaller commercial, and industrial buildings that were authentically detailed. We also thought that there was a need for structures that appeared as they might have at the turn of the century. So far, our hunch has been pretty accurate. Main Street Heritage Models allows us to participate in this hobby by art directing, and mastering these images of America's small-towns. We hope you continue to appreciate our efforts.
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Downtown Deco Ed Pick Open link in new window
Scales: O, HO, N
Downtown Deco produces a line of finely detailed structure kits. The kits include beautifully detailed Hydrocal castings, plastic Grandt Line doors and windows, full color signs and complete, easy to understand painting & aging instructions. Some kits also include laser cut stencils for painting the large signs on the sides of the structures. These kits are unique in the fact that the master patterns are all hand carved, brick by brick and stone by stone. This gives the buildings a much more realistic look than mass produced plastic or resin kits because it allows me to add much more detail and character to the castings.

A former professional Hollywood Scenic Artist, I founded the company in 1993 after relocating from Los Angeles California.

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JL Innovative Design New Ed Pick Open link in new window
JL Innovative Design is the premier manufacturer of unique HO and N scale structure kits, including vintage service stations, billboard signs, poster signs, vehicles, and creative detail sets.

JL Innovative Design is pleased to announce the acquisition of the entire Durango Press product line. Durango Press offers a variety of super detailed items featuring HO and HOn3 rolling stock & equipment, structures & yard facilities, and detail accessories & parts.

Offers a huge selection of signs, posters and billboards.

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Track And Turnouts

Fast Tracks Assembly Fixtures Pop Ed Pick Open link in new window
Fast Tracks assembly fixtures make the construction of simple or complex turnouts and crossings fast, accurate and easy. Standard and custom built fixtures can be ordered online.

Fast Tracks makes it easy to hand lay your own great looking and smooth running Turnouts, Wyes, 3-Ways, Slips, Crossovers, Crossings and Straight trackwork.

Site Details/More Info: URL: http://www.handlaidtrack.com (Added: 14-Mar-2003)
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Central Valley Model Works Ed Pick Open link in new window
Central Valley Ties are the first major new track product in decades. It has been made from first-hand experience of the HO track laying techniques of nearly 50 years.

Central Valley Bridges are one of the most popular model railroad bridge systems. They have a variety of components which you can mix and match to create custom bridges and trestles to fit your layout.

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Track Cleaning

Centerline Products Ed Pick Open link in new window
Centerline Products Inc. manufactures model railroading's premier non-derailing, non-abrasive rail and wheel cleaners.

That's a pretty bold statement ... but once you browse through our online product information, magazine reviews and customer testimonials, and/or contact your local Centerline dealer from our worldwide dealer network, you'll see why Centerline rail and wheel cleaners have earned an industry-wide reputation as, "The Ones That Work!"

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Turntables And Roundhouses

Walthers Turntables and Roundhouses Ed Pick Open link in new window
The most popular turntable for HO and N scale model railroads. Kits come assembled, are easy to install and use. They are also well detailed and realistic. Kits come complete with pits and indexing system. Roundhouses are designed to match up with the turntables, allowing for easy construction of a complete installation. Walthers also offers related structures like water, coaling and sand towers.
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Vehicles

1 87 Vehicle Club Ed Pick Open link in new window
The 1/87 VEHICLE CLUB was established to promote the construction, use, and manufacture of prototypically accurate vehicle and equipment models in 1/87 scale. 1/87 scale is most commonly referred to as "HO" scale because this is the scale of HO gauge model trains (which are 1/87.1 scale), by far the most popular scale for railroad modeling. Our club assists in the exhibition, promotion, manufacturing, and production research of vehicles of all kinds in this scale. Our membership reflects active modelers, manufacturers, historians, and collectors in the military, commercial truck, specialty and racing automobile, railroad/intermodal, antique automobile and truck, fire fighting equipment, construction equipment, and farm equipment fields.
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Zycon Models New Ed Pick Open link in new window
Unique Models For The Discriminating Collector. Zycon Models has over 25 various Hobby & Work 1/87th HO Scale Construction machines now in stock! I am currently an authorized dealer for many model manufactuers such as Classic Construction Models, Lonestar Models, Sword Models, Overland Models, Norscot Models and Ton just to name a few. Zycon Models has produced custom projects that are either exclusive brass model runs or custom built limited run multi-media items. Upcoming new item from various sources are usually featured on the home page on the Zycon Models website.

Excellent selection of scale construction equipment, trucks, cranes, excavators, dozers, shovels, draglines and other industrial vehicles.

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Classic Construction Models New Ed Pick Open link in new window
CCM, Inc, (dba Classic Construction Models) is a family-owned business located in Beaverton, Oregon. Since creating our first model, CCM has teamed with Bucyrus-Erie, Link-Belt, Lampson, American and Marion to create more than 25 crane and cable shovel models at 1:24, 1:48 and 1:87 scale.

In 1995, CCM was offered the opportunity to produce licensed Caterpillar scale models. Since signing the agreement, CCM has produced more than 40 Cat models in brass and die-cast at 1:87, 1:48 and 1:24 scale.

Every model CCM produces is offered in a pre-announced limited edition. In the years since our first model was introduced, the variety of construction models available has increased exponentially and production quantities have soared with their introduction to and sale through mass market channels. While we fully support being able to buy a small version of your favorite machine at a big box retailer, we remain committed to producing products that are coveted by collectors due to their quality and limited availability and therefore, truly collectible.

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Classic Metal Works - Mini Metals Vehicles New Ed Pick Open link in new window
The Mini Metals® brand is famous throughout the world for models with exceptional detail, accuracy, and value especially for the unique needs of Model Railroaders and Collectors.

Mini Metals® Scale automobiles are perfect for adding that all important transportation link to your model railroad empire. All vehicles are exact replicas of licensed automobiles used on US roads and around the world prior to World War II, the “Transition Period” into the mid 1960’s.

Mini Metals also has one of the largest collections of North American prototype buses in the business, along with Tractor Trailers and Light Weight & Utility Trucks

Site Details/More Info: URL: http://classicmetalworks.com/ (Added: 20-Jan-2017)
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